The Toronto Marlies launched a second period attack that netted three goals on route to a 4-1 victory over the Binghamton Devils on the road Friday night.
The Devils opened the scoring just past the eight minute mark of the opening period as Jacob MacDonald was able to bang a shot home. From there, Garret Sparks had another standout performance in the Marlies net, shutting the door despite consistent pressure from Binghamton.
Just a minute and a half into the second period, Nikita Soshnikov grabbed the rebound off a Miro Aaltonen shot and sent it top shelf, just under the crossbar, for his fifth of the season. Colin Greening also picked up an assist on the goal, which extended Soshnikov’s scoring streak to three straight games.
As the clock was set to hit the midway point, Kerby Rychel scored his third of the season as he deflected the puck off a Devils defender after a great pass from Dmytro Timashov. Calle Rosen, who had found Timashov in the slot, also had an assist.
With less than two and a half minutes left in the second, Martin Marincin received a pass from Andreas Johnsson that left him all alone in the slot. Marincin faked a shot, outwaited Devils’ netminder Mackenzie Blackwood and tucked the puck in around the post, giving the Marlies a 3-1 lead at the break.
Toronto: N. Soshnikov (5) (M. Aaltonen, C. Greening), K Rychel (3) (D. Timashov, C. Rosén), M. Marincin (1) (A. Johnsson), M. Marincin (2) PP, EN (G. Sparks, B. Smith)
Goaltender: G. Sparks (33/34)
Binghamton: J. MacDonald (4) (N. Lappin, B. Kearns)
Goaltender: M. Blackwood (17/20)
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Nikita Soshnikov opened the scoring for the Marlies at 1:34 of the second period to extend his scoring streak to three games.
Kerby Rychel scored the game-winning goal at 9:59 of the second period. This was Rychel’s third goal of the season.
Martin Marincin scored his first goal as a Marlie at 17:43 of the second period and later added an empty-net goal at 18:52 of the third period. Marincin has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) this season.
Miro Aaltonen recorded the primary assist on Soshnikov’s second period goal for his sixth point (1 goal, 5 assists) of the season.
Colin Greening had the secondary assist on Soshnikov’s second period goal.
Dmytro Timashov registered the primary assist on Rychel’s second period goal. Timashov has recorded 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in his last eight games.
Calle Rosén recorded the secondary assist for his fourth assist of the season on Rychel’s second period goal.
Andreas Johnsson had the lone assist on Marincin’s second period goal.
Garret Sparks registered the primary assist on Marincin’s empty-net goal for his first point of the season.
Ben Smith added his team-leading seventh assist on Marincin’s third period goal. Smith also leads the Marlies with 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) this season.
Garret Sparks stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced against the Binghamton Devils. Sparks is now 7-2-0-0 on the season with a .944 Save Percentage and a 1.57 Goals Against Average.
Toronto went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-5 on the power play.
Binghamton had a 34-20 edge in shots in all situations.
Andreas Johnsson led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
The Marlies are 4-1-0-0 against North Division opponents this season.
Goals: B. Smith (6) Assists: B. Smith (7) Points: B. Smith (13) PPG: D. Timashov (3) Shots: N. Soshnikov (40) +/-: T. Dermott (+10), M. Marincin (+10) PIMS: T. Dermott (22)
On tonight’s game:
I didn’t feel that we controlled anything at any point. I thought they just took it to us from start to finish. We just felt a step behind all the way through. We’ve got to be much more prepared. Our coaching staff myself included did not do a good enough job preparing our team today. All that said, we came out on the right side of it. You look at some big moments, big individual efforts at key moments. Obviously goaltending all the way through was very strong. Penalty killing was really good. Guys blocked shots, went down and sacrificed.at key times. Those were all really great things, really positive things to see guys digging down like that to help us get a win here today but our process and how we played here today was not even close to good enough.
On tonight’s opponent:
We played against a team that was more prepared than we were and that falls on me. I think they played with better structure, they played faster, played harder, more competitive. We won the game which was on the back of strong goaltending and penalty-killing. And aside from that, we didn’t even belong in this game.
– Head coach Sheldon Keefe
November 11 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
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November 19 vs Syracuse – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 22 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 25 vs Belville – 1:30 p.m. ET (Air Canada Centre)
The Toronto Marlies will travel to a familiar destination, but face a new franchise, on Friday night when they hit the ice against the Binghamton Devils for the first time since the Devils relocated from Albany.
The Marlies (9-4-0-0) enter tonight’s contest looking to rebound from a 4-2 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday.
Binghamton (5-4-1-0) are also coming off of a loss, as they fell 4-3 to Belleville Wednesday night.
The Devils have struggled in their new city, winning just two games at home so far this season. Meanwhile, the Marlies have a 6-2-0-0 record when playing on the road.
Ben Smith leads the Marlies in both points (12) and goals (6), while Mason Marchment is producing over a point-per-game with 11 points (5G, 6A) in his ten appearances so far this season.
For Binghamton, Nick Lappin leads the offense with 12 points (8G, 4A) on the year. The Devils’ defensive unit has also been involved in creating scoring opportunities, as both Jaob Macdonald (3G, 4A) and Viktor Loov (1G, 6A) have seven points so far this season.
Special teams will once again be an important of tonight’s game, as Toronto’s conference-leading penalty kill (88.1%) will match up against Binghamton’s strong power play unit (18.4%).
Puck drop for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7:05 and fans can watch all the action on AHL Live or listen in to the radio call with Todd Crocker.